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About Our Pre-School

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About Us


At Merry Go Round Pre-School we believe our preschool to be a magical, joyful place where children are free to run, play, laugh, sing, dance, create, paint, imagine, discover, get dirty and be loved and accepted for who they are.  We strive for a happy balance between play, academic and social skills, promoting a friendly, positive first-school experience that will last a lifetime.

Our ethos is to create an environment that gives children a feeling of security and happiness while encouraging curiosity, exploration and experimentation – the foundations of learning.  We value the individual child, so we listen to the individual and do what we know is interesting for them, that is how learning takes place and what Merry Go Round is about on a day to day basis.

We offer a safe and secure setting that promotes individuals to be activeengaged in their environment and with others.  We pride ourselves on the greater individual attention we are able to give all children to ‘grow’ in confidence- ‘explore‘ the world and  ‘discover‘ new learning and lasting friendships.

A happy child is a happy learner.

Merry Go Round Pre-School has been established for over 46 years and is based in the beautiful grounds of Stokenham Area Primary School.  Merry Go Round is open to all children aged between 2 years to 5 years from throughout the area with children currently attending from across the South Hams including Stokenham, Chillington, East Portlemouth, Prawle, Blackawton, Kingsbridge and Slapton and many more villages in the area.

For parents looking for early years child-care provision then please email us or call 01548 581440.

Opening Times and Session Prices:

The pre-school is open Monday to Friday from 9.15am until 3.15pm. Children can attend mornings, afternoons or all day (subject to availability).

Current Pricing is as follows:

Hourly rate  £3.75

Morning session (from 9.15am-12.15pm) -£11.25

Lunch club (from 12.15-1.15pm) – £3.75

Afternoon session (from 1.15-3.15pm) -£7.50

We take children between the ages of 2 and 5 years of age.We accept Early Years Entitlement Funding and those children entitled to the extended 30 hours funding  in partnership with Devon County Council,this funding starts the term after the child’s third birthday  and can give you access to up to 15 or 30 hours of childcare . We also accept    together funding  for eligible two year olds,which could also give you access to 15 hours of childcare.We belong to various Employee Child-Care Vouchers schemes,please ask for more details.

Our Team

Our passionate staff team is run by our Manager and  Deputy Manager with the support of a qualified team of staff. We are constantly looking at ways of improving the staff  professional development with relevant training opportunities.

Our Manager:

Alison Pope has a btec National Diploma in early childhood studies and NVQ level 4 in CCLD.  Alison also holds a THRIVE license is also designated Safeguarding officer, and paediatric first aider.

Forest school practitioner:

Moira Laidlaw  has a NVQ Level 3 in childcare,alongside this she has Forest school NVQ Level 3, Beach school NVQ Level 3. She has attended paediatric first aid and level 2 safeguarding training.


Jo Luscombe-Jones:

Jo holds her NVQ level 3 in Childcare, and is also a qualified  paediatric first aider


Kevin Hay:

Kevin has a NVQ Level 3 Childcare and has attended paediatric first aid and level 2 safeguarding training.

Rebecca Ryder:

Rebecca holds a paediatric first aid qualification and is currently undertaking Early years training alongside her teaching degree

All our staff have undergone Enhanced DBS checks.

Our Committee

Merry Go Round is a voluntary run charitable pre-school who has a hardworking committee made up of parents who meet monthly to talk about the school, fund-raising and to liaise with the staff.  Our committee of volunteers are responsible for the regulatory, administrative and financial processes of the pre-school. For parents or grandparents who interested in becoming part of the committee or if you have any fundraising ideas to support this charity please email for more information.  All parents are welcome at our meetings – please have a look at the noticeboard at Pre-School for the date of the next meeting.


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